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NILF training, could someone explain more?

I believe it means Nothing In Life Is Free, but could someone explain what more this type of training is? I did some research on it, and basically it is where you make your dog do a command to get what he wants? Is there anything more to this type of training? I kind of already do that wit my dogs, but I was just curious if there is something more.
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I believe it means Nothing In Life Is Free, but could someone explain what more this type of training is? I did some research on it, and basically it is where you make your dog do a command to get what he wants? Is there anything more to this type of training? I kind of already do that wit my dogs, but I was just curious if there is something more.
Yes and no. You've pretty much gotten the concept in a nutshell.

The more you understand about how/why it works (basically, the more you understand about how to develop and use motivators), the more refined your use of the protocol can become, and eventually it can shade into developing working and sport behaviors if that's where you want to go with it (so that there's no clear line between training for high-level competition and everyday life -- they become part of the same thing), but it doesn't have to become that if you don't want it to.

The simplest form is just "Sit for your food bowl" and "Sit to get your leash on" and "Sit to go outside," and it works fine at that level too.

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Whoever came up with it must be pretty smart.

But then again it's just common sense that works.

I have used it with great success.
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